Skype pidgin/empathy

this is how to install skype and then use it with pidgin or empathy on Fedora , Fuduntu , CentOS and RHEL x64:

1-Download the latest skype  here

you will get errors trying to start skype because of the unsatisfied dependencies (skype used i686 libs (x86))

so :

2- install dependencies :

# yum install glibc.i686 alsa-lib.i686 libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686

if you want to be sure try to run skype via terminal and every time you get a message like : bash: /usr/bin/skype: /lib/ bad ELF interpreter: No such file or directory
just do:

# yum install whatprovides

repeat this for all the missing libs

3- now skype should work on Fedora , and any distro based on it like Fuduntu , but EL (RHEL , CentOS, .. )users may experience another error related to GTK something like this : Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path. this is the exact error i got : link

then just run skype via terminal like this :

$ skype -style plastik
and then permanently set the skype theme to plastik

enjoy !

4- the easy way to use skype4pidgin works 4 empathy too

just install this : skype4pidgin-0.0-0.2.20111209svn625.fc16.R.x86_64.rpm
found here

then just open your pidgin/empathy add account : bigbrownchunx-skype-dbus add your skype user name add wait for skype to open.
i haven’t tested this on CentOS yet but if it doesn’t ucan always download and put it in /usr/lib64/purple-2/

cheers !

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